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Drink Me: Tea Embassy, Capital Blend

When I placed my last order with Tea Embassy, I decided to order some unflavored black tea to review. I settled for the Capital Blend.

From the website, the Capital Blend is a blend of Assam, Kenyan and Ceylon teas. They consider it a Scottish Breakfast Blend.

Capital Blend is available in 1oz increments for $3.00 per ounce.

Tea Embassy Capital Blend

Tea Embassy Capital Blend

When I opened the package I smelled a good strong black tea. Once brewed, the tea was a smooth finishing black.  I brewed it strong for my morning kickstart, and added just a touch of sugar.  It was full bodied without a bitter finish and I really enjoyed it. I would definitely order more.

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Drink Me: Simpson & Vail, Ceylon Orange Pekoe

Often I get asked why I don’t review more unflavored teas.  The simple answer is that I’m always interested in the flavored teas, but I will try and make more of an effort to review unflavored teas in the future.  To that end, in my order from Simpson & Vail, I selected their Ceylon Orange Pekoe.

From the website Ceylon Orange Pekoe contains “medium sized black-brownish leaves… [that] produce a deep amber cup with a brisk, well-rounded, flowery taste.”  Ceylon Orange Pekoe is a blend of black teas from several growing areas in Sri Lanka, which was formerly known as Ceylon.

Ceylon Orange Pekoe is available in a variety of sizes: 1oz for $2.00, 4oz for $6.65, 8oz for $13.30 and 1lb for $26.60.

This tea was a wonderful strong black tea, perfect for breakfast.  It was full bodied, but mellow and not too bitter. I enjoyed mine with a touch of sugar.  I also think those who enjoy milk in their tea would really like it in this one.  I do feel like this blend would be a good staple for any tea chest.

Drink Me: Colorado Prickly Pear Tea

Last week when we were in Garden of the Gods, I found a package of Colorado Prickly Pear Tea and picked it up to try. The package is scant on details – there are no ingredients and I can’t figure out who the manufacturer of the tea is because it’s all under the Garden of the Gods labeling. A pack of a dozen teabags was $4.99.

Apparently the prickly pear cacti produce a pear shaped, red fruit which is sweet in taste. It is picked, de-thorned, and then dried for infusion into teas. I believe the variety I picked up is infused into black tea.

When I first opened the package it had a pleasantly sweet and fruity aroma. I only let it steep for a few minutes, and I probably need to let it steep longer, but the flavor was quite mild. It had just a hint of a sweet fruity note to it, but otherwise tasted like a smooth ceylon tea.

If you’re interested in trying this delicacy I found another variety available from Maya Tea, an Arizona tea company that makes the most of the abundance of prickly pear cacti in the area.

Drink Me: Tea Market, Iced Tea Blend

This week I went into my wonderful local tea shop, Tea Market. I was interested to see the summer seasonal flavors and see if they had anything particularly geared towards preparing iced tea.  I ended up getting a seasonal sampler with 5 teas intended to be served iced. I’ll review them in the coming weeks.

Today I’m writing about the Iced Tea Blend which is a blend of black and ceylon teas.  I bought the seasonal sampler with 5 teas for $20, but you can also purchase the tea by the ounce as well.

I brewed the tea hot at work and then poured it over a tumbler of ice. I added just a bit of sugar. The result was a sweet, crisp iced tea perfect for summer afternoons. If you’re in Kansas City, I can’t recommend enough stopping in at the Tea Market!

Drink Me: Mrs. Kelly’s Tea, Celebration Tea

Another flavor I picked up in my last order from Mrs. Kelly’s Tea was her Celebration blend.

From the label, this blend contains Ceylon tea with cranberry, vanilla, cinnamon and orange peels.

Celebration is available in a 3oz bag for $8.50 and an 8oz bag for $12.50.

When I first opened the package I smelled the cranberry and cinnamon most of all. It definitely reminded me of a holiday tea. As it brewed I got more of the Ceylon aroma.  This one was a delicious Ceylon, but I admit I lost most of the other flavor notes while sipping.   The tea itself was delicious – I might try the Ceylon by itself next time.

Drink Me: Churchmouse Yarn & Teas, No. 512 Winter

A few weeks ago I posted about a beautiful necklace that I wanted to purchase from Churchmouse Yarn & Teas. As long as I was placing an order I had to try some of their tea. I ordered a package of Blend No. 512, Churchmouse Winter.

Per the site, Winter is a blend of Assam, Ceylon and China Yunnan teas with a hint of summer fruit.

Winter is available in either sachets (15 for $16.50) or loose leave in 4oz for $14.00.

When I first opened the package I smelled the smoky Yunnan and a fruity smell.   Once brewed I got more of the black tea.  The tea itself was lovely – a great strong, full bodied brew with just a hint of sweetness, perfect for an afternoon cup. I highly encourage you to add a cookie to the snack while you’re at it. I will definitely be keeping this in my collection.

 

Drink Me: Tea Emporium, Royal Benghal Tiger

The third tea from Tea Emporium that I was intrigued enough to order was Royal Benghal Tiger.

From the website this is a blend of Ceylon and Assam teas with mango, cinnamon and passionfruit.

It is available in a variety of sizes: 50g for $5.25, 100g for $$10.50 and 250g for $23.63.

When I first opened the package I got a whiff of cinnamon and something tropical. These aromas only intensified as I brewed the tea.  The tea itself was a good strong brew, and the cinnamon, mango and passionfruit just added an extra bit of sweetness and spice. I really liked this one quite a bit.

 

Drink Me: Adagio Teas, Decaf Orange

Another sample I received from a friend is Adagio Teas Decaf Orange.

From the website, the blend contains decaf ceylon tea and orange peels.

Decaf Orange is available in the following sizes: sample for $2, 3oz for $8, 16oz for $29 and a set of 15 teabags for $8.

 

 

When I first opened the package I could smell the tangy orange peel.   One brewed, I could smell more of the ceylon tea however.   The taste was mostly the tea, with a hint of sweet orange. It was much more of a strong afternoon blend, than a sweet dessert tea, but I think it could complement cookies or biscuits nicely. And it has the added benefit of being a good decaffeinated blend for those of you looking to sip well into the evening!